Back to the Basics for Chronic Pain

I’m keeping it simple this week. Here’s a review of many of the tools that I’ve posted in past blogs to help reduce persistent pain. Please let me know what works for you in your effort to THRIVE!!!

No is a Complete Sentence.

Remember to say, “No” and then be silent. Practice, practice and practice some more. You will be surprised at the strength you feel in this simple act.

Read more thoughts on Say No & Thrive with Chronic Pain.

Distraction is the Most Powerful Analgesic.

It is the Number One Thing you can do for Pain Relief.

Think about it. Your brain cannot focus on two things at once, so you get to choose where you place your concentration. If you are like most people, you are sick and tired of thinking about every painful nuance in your body. Now is the time for you to consciously create interruptions to your thoughts.

Read the complete post.

Our Words and Chronic Pain

Are you still talking about your aches using words of anger and sadness? When you’re first diagnosed, you may feel extreme resentment and disappointment. Find someone to talk about your feelings with. Then it’s time to move on if you want to engage in life. Take some time and write down how you would like to feel. Changing the words you say to others is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself.

“Never own a disease. Reduce the amount of time you talk about it. Refuse to allow illness a place in your consciousness.”

Read more about Our Words and Chronic Pain.

Tools and Chronic Pain

Keep an ever-growing list of tools that work for you that make you feel better. Here’s my list and I am always adding more. Feel free to use all of these for yourself.

Use the mantras: “Sore but safe.” Pain does not equal harm.” I am not ill. I just have chronic pain.

  • Listen to music
  • Add to my comedy toolkit
  • Move to the best of my ability
  • Post a list of distractions where I see it daily
  • Take deep relaxing breaths

9 Easy Ways to Reduce Chronic Pain

Remember to keep this easy by doing things that you can do alone This includes the support group because you can sit at home and login to these groups.

  • Deep breaths
  • Distraction
  • Body Scan
  • Watch your words
  • Smile
  • Reduce Stress
  • Drop your shoulders
  • Move
  • Join an online support group

Here’s a full explanation of each of these 9 Easy Ways to Reduce Chronic Pain.

Allow Silence

For reasons why, see my blog Silence as a Coping Skill for Chronic Pain 

Simple Things Help that I posted in My Brain Surgery didn’t work. Now What?

Have a list of actions you can do immediately and make sure they are easy and achievable.

  • Cook a meal
  • Stretch and do gentle exercise
  • Peel an orange and enjoy each section
  • Clean part of a closet
  • Be grateful
  • Laugh again and again and again

Here’s my full list. Enjoy!

I would love to here what you use to manage your pain. May this week be one of laughter, sharing with others and being grateful.


Gail Sinclair, Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher works diligently to teach others how to work through the 7 Stages of Chronic Pain and Learn How to Thrive™. She lives with Trigeminal, Occipital Neuralgia and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia, arthritis, & Fibromyalgia to name a few and continues to learn tools to turn her attention away from persistent pain.

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